UND Roster

2008-09 Women's Rowing Roster

Laura Petnuch

Height 5'7''
Class Senior
Hometown Pittsburgh, PA
High School Oakland Catholic

AS A SENIOR: Rowed with the second varsity four during the spring campaign, after not competing during the fall season … helped her boat to a third-place finish in the opening race of the spring season against Michigan State as a member of the Notre Dame ‘B’ four boat … stopped the clock with a time of 9:01.83…moved to the Notre Dame ‘C’ four boat the next day and helped her boat to a second-place result against Indiana and Purdue, crossing the line at 7:05.00 … grabbed a pair of third-place finishes at the four-team regatta hosted by Ohio State … her crew was able to complete the course in a time of 7:59.19 during the morning session and returned in the afternoon to complete the course in a time of 7:41.21 … claimed BIG EAST gold at the conference championship by winning the grand final over Syracuse, Georgetown and Louisville in a time of 8:21.618 … competed in the open varsity four event at the South/Central Sprints, helping her boat qualify for the petite final … her boat earned a spot in the finals by finishing in third place in the prelim heat (7:15.99) before grabbing fourth in the semifinal heat (7:12.20) … in the petite finals, earned the race victory by completing the course in a time of 7:03.60 … named a National Scholar Athlete by Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) … named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team.

AS A JUNIOR: Keyed success of varsity four crew … helped the varsity four blue to second and third-place finishes versus Northeastern … earned first and second-place finishes against Michigan State … won the varsity four at the Indiana Invite crossing the line at 7:17.3 … a member of the varsity four that won three races at the Charles River Challenge … copped gold medal with varsity four at the BIG EAST Championship (7:43.0) that was part of six-race sweep … crew member of the Irish boat that finished 14th in the Cal-Sag Regatta varsity eight division … later helped row the Irish to a third-place finish behind Michigan State and Wisconsin in the varsity eight final D group with a time of 7:03.069 … earned second monogram with program.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Part of varsity four boat that helped the Irish win their fourth consecutive BIG EAST title … rowed with varsity four crew for a Petite Final appearance at the NCAA Championships and overall finish of 11th … reached the Grand Final of varsity four boat competition at the Central/South Region Championship … won the varsity four boat Finals at the BIG EAST Championships, posting a time of 7:32.43 to help the Irish win the overall title … placed third in varsity four boat race with Virginia, Princeton, and George Washington … won two of three races with the varsity four boat at the Windemere Classic, defeating Stanford (8:06.59) and UCLA (7:55.33), while falling to California (7:43.18) … won varsity four competition at the Lubbers Cup (8:35.59) … recorded a victory over Michigan State and Michigan with the varsity four crew, posting a 7:50.76 time …sat with varsity eight ‘B’ boat against Alabama and Cincinnati (7.09.77)… rowed with second varsity four crew for one race against Tennessee and Minnesota … honored as a National Scholar Athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) … named to the BIG EAST Academic All-Star Team … first year monogram winner.

AS A FRESHMAN: Rowed with Notre Dame[apos]s top novice eight boat all during the spring season … her boat finished second in all three races in regatta versus Minnesota and Tennessee … captured first win of the season at Lubbers Cup when her boat won novice eight ‘A’ race in a time of 7:37.28 … won Petite Final at San Diego Crew Classic in 7:17.90 … finished second in Grand Final at BIG EAST Championship with a time of 6:58.92 … won Petite Final at Central/South Region Championship in 7:09.90 … in her first race with the Irish, she finished third at the Notre Dame Invitational where she sat in the sixth seat (16:27.9) … at the Head of the Elk her boat placed fourth in a time of 17:14.57 in the novice eight-a race.

PREP AND PERSONAL: Earned four letters in crew, four in soccer and one in track while at Oakland Catholic … led the crew team to a regional title in her final prep campaign … won a gold medal in a pair at the Midwest Championship … participated in National Honor Society, Pro Life Club, Spanish Club, Latin Club, Junior Mentors, Passport Project and student government while in high school … from the same high school as Irish teammates Meghan Boyle and Amanda Polk, and from the same town as current Notre Dame track and cross country runner Dan Kuzma … daughter of Ronald and Susan Petnuch … uncle, Thomas Petnuch, was on the crew team at Syracuse University … she has eight siblings…born Jan. 6, 1987, in Pittsburgh, Pa. … enrolled as a management major in the Mendoza College of Business.